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Using data from an Arizona Department of Education dataset that includes all students enrolled at an Arizona public school at any time during 2004/05-2007/08, this study looks at three types of student mobility: students who transferred between public schools in Arizona, students who had breaks in enrollment of at least 19 days, and students (other than kindergarten students) who entered school for the first time during the observation period (2004/05-2007/08). In addition, the study sought to confirm for Arizona public schools findings from other studies of an association between student mobility and other student characteristics such as special education status and race/ethnicity. The study finds that more than a quarter of Arizona students experienced at least one mobility event in each of the four years examined. It also found that: (1) The proportion of students who experienced a mobility event was higher for English language learner students than for other students; (2) Mobility rates declined for both groups from 2004/05 to 2007/08, but at a faster pace for English language learner students. By 2007/08, the difference in mobility rates between English language learner students and other students had narrowed from 3.6 percentage points to 0.9 percentage point; (3) Students who transferred between schools were more than twice as likely to transfer to a school in another district than to one in the same district; (4) Both intradistrict and interdistrict transfer rates varied with the enrollment size of the district: the intradistrict transfer rate increased with district enrollment, and the interdistrict transfer rate decreased with district enrollment; and (5) Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and students in special education programs averaged more mobility events than did their counterparts. Details on the mobility calculation, exploratory analysis, and sensitivity analysis is appended. (Contains 2 boxes, 13 figures, 1 map, 5 tables, and 24 notes.) [For the summary report, see ED512416.]

Descriptors: Student Mobility, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Public Schools, Data Analysis, Transfer Students, Student Characteristics, Kindergarten, Enrollment Trends, Special Education

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Autor: Fong, Anthony B.; Bae, Soung; Huang, Min


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